Mount Zion, Mattoon Win Apollo Conference Meets


Published on October 10 2012 9:13 am
Last Updated on October 12 2012 9:06 am
Written by Millie Lange

Effingham High School's boys cross country team kneels and prepares for the Apollo Conference Meet.


DECATUR -- Mount  Zion claimed the championship of the Apollo Conference Cross Country Boys Meet while Mattoon was the team champion of the Apollo Conference Girls Meet Tuesday.

In the boys meet, Charleston's Riley McInerney sprinted past Mount Zion's Jake Brown to claim the individual title with a time of 15:04. Brown took second in 15:08. The Braves then captured third, fourth, seventh and 14th places to finish with 30 points to win the meet. Charleston took second with 41, Mattoon third with 53, Salem fourth with 92, Effingham fifth with 144 and Paris sixth with 188.

The team title was the fourth straight for the Braves.

Scoring for Effingham were Gary Damron 23rd in 18:46, Patrick Siner 28th in 19:15, Leevi Baker 29th in 19:16, Kyle Niebrugge 31st in 19:49 and Kennan Mahaffey 33rd in 20:01.

The top 10 in the meet finish as members of the All-Apollo Conference Team. Those included McInerney (Charleston), Jake Brown (Mount Zion), Mohammad Hosseini (Mount Zion), Curtis Reed (Mount Zion), Taylor Garrett (Charleston), John Righter (Mattoon), Noah Gingerich (Mount Zion), Benjamin Righter (Mattoon), Niko Tadic (Charleston), Jacob Perry (Mattoon).

In the girls meet, Mattoon won with 22 points followed by Mount Zion 57, Charleston 76, Effingham 93, Salem 110 and Paris 151.

Mattoon's Victoria Drake was the individual winner with a time of 19:37. Effingham's Jenna Bingham finished fifth in 20:38 and was named to the All-Apollo squad along with Drake, Megan Shaffer (Mount Zion), Megan Bailey (Mount Zion), Whitney Maninfior (Mattoon), Cassandra Shaffer (Mattoon), Hayley Plummer (Charleston), Hannah Jordan (Mount Zion), Lexi Kremer (Mattoon) and Brianna Reif (Mount Zion).

Also scoring for the Hearts were Shayna Phillips 16th in 22:42, Kelly Keitel 22nd in 24:03, Holly Moore 23rd in 24:04 and Ashley Jamerson 27th in 24:48.